Alton College on the world sporting stage

Alton College sport department have been extremely busy recently with success across a range of sports. A college team was entered into the Southern Shooting Championships, competing both as a team and in the individual competition. The three students who represented Alton College were Oliver Bowler, Luke Evans and Oscar Peterson, all previously at Bohunt School. Oliver Bowler secured a place in the National Championships final finishing in the top 8 of the competition. He now goes on to compete for the National title. The students really enjoyed the day on the range and gained some valuable experience in the world of organised pistol shooting.

West Indies cricketing legend Desmond Haynes visited campus recently to speak to keen cricket students about his life as a professional cricketer and the sports industry. Haynes was Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1991 and formed a formidable partnership with Gordon Greenidge during the 1980s. Students were eager to hear about what it was like representing the West Indies in their heyday, playing against England, training, sledging that went on and socialising. The students were extremely grateful to Desmond for taking the time out of his busy schedule to come and meet them.

At the beginning of November, former Alton College student Joe Truman, previously at The Petersfield School, won gold as part of the Great Britain Cycling team in Glasgow as part of their World Cup campaign. He was part of the men’s team pursuit trio who thrilled crowds at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome as their sprint rounds got consistently quicker, eventually facing France in the final. Watch the final sprint here

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